The 2012 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted March 1-3, 2012, at Macalester College.
The 2012 MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships website features the complete event schedule, heat sheets, ticket information, venue information and a map, as well as a link to live results. Webcast America is also filming the event for the MIAC, and on-demand video will be available shortly following the meet on Webcast's America's site.
Limited free parking (no permit required) is available in the Leonard Center lot on the south side of the building as well as other campus lots. Street parking is also available. (Parking Map)
Spectators should enter the Leonard Center through the main entrance (east) on Snelling Avenue or the interior (west) campus entrance.
2011 Championship Finish: 6th (54 points)
Carleton will look to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish at the MIAC Indoor Championships. The Knights will again rely on their dominant performances in the distance events, led for the fourth straight year by All-American Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside). Last season she became the first MIAC woman known to win the three-longest races contested at the same MIAC meet with triumphs in the 5,000-meter, 3,000-meter, and mile runs. She went on to her third straight third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 5K.
Childs-Walker again holds the top times in the 3K and 5K races, but this year her stiffest competition comes from teammates Alison Smyth (Sr., Billings, Mont./Billings West) and Taylor Ffitch (Sr./Portland, Ore./St. Mary’s Academy) who hold the second and third top times in conference in both the 3K and 5K. Childs-Walker is also seeded fifth in the mile run.
Currently Smyth holds the second-fastest time in the mile with Sarah Trautman (So./Lexington, Mass./BBN) and Colette Celichowski (Fy./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) ranking third and fourth. The latter pair also own top-10 times in the 1,000-meter run.
The Knights will add depth in the middle distance races with Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn.), Clare Franco (Sr./Brunswick, Maine) and Kaitlin Randolph (Sr./Drummond, Wis.). Johnson and Franco finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 1,000-meter run at last year’s event. Johnson holds the third-fastest 600-meter dash time this season as well as a top-10 time in the 800-meter run. Randolph is ranked fifth in the 800-meter run and eighth at the 1,000-meter distance.
Ellie Wilson (Fy./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) owns the third-fastest 200-meter dash time on the MIAC’s performance list. Her time in the 400-meter dash (58.19) makes her the second-fastest all-time at Carleton. Franco also owns a top-5 time in the 400-meter dash and the 11th-best mark at the 600-meter distance.
Pole vaulter Megan Erlandson (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) is seeded fourth and also possesses a a top-10 time in the 1,000-meter run.
Carleton could also score points in the 4x400 meter relay, where the Knights currently rank third in the MIAC. They have also had strong showings in the distance medley relay, with Carleton setting a new school record (12:00.05) on Feb. 18.
2011 Championship Finish: 9th (31.8 points)
After finishing ninth at last year’s MIAC Indoor Championships, Carleton will look to move up in the team standings at this year’s event.
Bobby Davis (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn.) holds the second-fastest 5,000-meter run time in the MIAC at 15:23.06 as he seeks to improve on his fifth-place finish in the event at last year’s MIAC Championships. He could be joined in that race by Jacob Hoerger (So./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill), Kian Flynn (Sr./Otis, Ore./Taft), and Guthrie Cunningham (So./Finland, Minn./East) all of whom rank in the top ten in the conference. Davis, Flynn, and Hoerger also rank among the top 15 at the 3K distance.
Marcus Huderle (So./Eden Prairie, Minn.) owns a top-10 time in both the mile and the 3,000-meter run.
Also posting a fifth-place finish last season was Adrian Carpenter (So./Menlo Park, Calif.) who will look to score again in the hurdles, following up a first-place result at the Tostrud Invitational.
Rounding out the fifth-place results for Carleton at the last MIAC Championships was Dylan Cheever (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) in the high jump. Cheever, Lobo James (So./Redmond, Wash.), and Chris Williams (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Rowe-Clark Academy) could enter into the scoring in the event with solid performances as they currently tie for the eighth seed in the conference.
The Knights hope for strong showings from a number of newcomers as well. Noah Laack-Veeder (Fy./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) holds top-10 times for the 600-, 800-, and 1000-meter distances, while Colby Seyferth (Fy./Banks, Ore./Banks) ranks in the top five in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes and the top 10 at the 400-meter distance. Isaac Schrantz (Fy./Owatonna, Minn.) ranks fourth in the 400-meter dash.